Molina optimistic about ailing knee

Molina optimistic about ailing knee

ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina expressed optimism regarding his sore knee on Monday, four days after the Cardinals announced they were likely shutting down their catcher for the rest of the season as a result of the injury.

"Minor deal," Molina told reporters. "It's just inflammation. The MRI said it's just inflammation and I just need rest. So I think with rest, it's going to be better."

Molina has been dealing with pain in his right knee since late August, when he suffered an injury in a game against the Nationals in Washington. The soreness got worse on the Cardinals' recent road trip, and so on Wednesday Molina went back to St. Louis to be examined. On Thursday, general manager John Mozeliak acknowledged that Molina was not expected to play again in 2010.

Echoing Mozeliak's comments from last week, Molina expressed confidence that he will not require surgery.

"That's what they told me," he said. "They told me with rest, the inflammation is going to go away. They're 90 percent sure with rest it's going to go away."

He's not thrilled about missing the rest of the season, but Molina said he understands the decision.

"It's tough to sit down," he said, "but you've got to take care of yourself."